Lennard Gordon "Len" Goodman
(born 25 April 1944) is a British professional ballroom dancer
, dance judge, and coach. He is a leading personality on television dance programs, and runs a ballroom dance school in Dartford, Kent
Early Life and Career
Goodman was born in Bromley Kent (see BMD Ref: Bromley 2a 1718)
Goodman started dancing at the age of 19 after a short time as an engineering apprentice (for Harland and Wolff
). He tried dancing only in an attempt to recover from a foot injury sustained while playing football. He turned professional, won various competitions, and retired from dancing after winning the British Championships at Blackpool
in his late twenties.
During the 1970s and early 1980s, his dance school in Dartford was home to a very popular Saturday night youth disco, which helped to keep the majority of Dartford's young people out of trouble.
He is a recipient of the Carl Alan Award
, in recognition of outstanding contributions to dance. In 2006 and 2007, he was nominated for the Emmy Award
in the Outstanding Reality/Competition Program
He currently appears as head judge on the television dance competition Strictly Come Dancing
in the UK and its American... Read More